Heat star Bam Adebayo reveals shocking offseason transformation
Offseason transformations have become a bit of a trend among NBA players this summer and for his part, Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo is making sure he doesn’t fall behind. The 24-year-old recently revealed just how much his hard work in the gym has paid off.
Speaking to Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald, Adebayo expressed what made the difference for him this summer in terms of working on his body:
“I got in the weight room,” said the Heat big man. “Just because last year, I couldn’t lift as much as I could because I had my shoulder injury from the Finals. So I was thinner up top than I should’ve been. That comes with recovery. Since we had such a short offseason and went straight into last season, I could only do so much. But this offseason, I’ve really been in the weight room and made a conscious effort to get my body back to where it was.”
Adebayo then revealed the results of his hard work in the weight room:
“I just added muscle,” Adebayo said. “I came in last year at like 245 and now I’m at 260. So I put on a lot of muscle.”
It’s not all about putting on muscle for the Heat stud. Adebayo already has a clear plan of how he intends to use his growth as an advantage in the upcoming campaign:
“I mean defensively, I do what I do,” he said. “Defense is all effort to me. If I really don’t want you to score, I’ll try my hardest to make sure you don’t score. That’s how I feel whenever I step on the court and I’m playing defense. My goal is to make sure you don’t score. But on the offensive end, just being able to get by dudes, really use my strength to power through certain fouls and get certain and-ones. Then finishing, of course.”
A lot will be riding on the Heat in 2021-22 after what was an ultimately disappointing season for them last year. The addition of Kyle Lowry to the squad gives them a huge boost — at least on paper.
It’s no secret that Bam Adebayo will be key for Miami’s title hopes this season, and he’s clearly putting in the work behind the scenes.